Friday Five: 5 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings #Giveaway

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the new Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is “Pampering.” That sounds nice, but I want to share a new “find” from Expo West. I bring you “Five Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings.” The new find is Crave Crush lozenges. Read on and you can enter to win some to try!

5 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

1. Eat a variety of “real” foods with healthy fats. This one is key! Eating a variety of filling (read: foods with healthy fats) whole foods keeps you full and makes you less likely to crave sugar. There are a number of minerals and vitamins that specifically help. Check out MindBodyGreen’s post here for more information and the specifics.

2. Get plenty of sleep and exercise. Lack of sleep impacts your impulse control and messes with the hormones that regulate hunger. Learn more here (and get some Zzzzzs.) Exercise can help curb the appetite and makes you feel better. I find that I’m less hungry after I work out and more likely to go for healthy fuels to keep up the good work.

3. Stay hydrated and don’t drink or eat artificial sweeteners. Sometimes, hunger or cravings is masked as thirst. Before you grab the sweet treat, try a glass of water (or seltzer) and wait 10 minutes. That trick sometimes works for me. I’ve read that artificial sweeteners lessen the perception of sweet tastes and cause some sweet fruits and veggies to be less palatable. This causes people to reach for more processed sweets which defeats the purpose! Read more from the folks at Harvard here.

4. Try adding collagen to your morning coffee, cereal or other recipes. I signed up for a free one week “Sugar Detox Challenge” with Further Food in May. Join me? One of the tips they have is:

“Collagen protein helps reduce sugar cravings by keeping you feeling full and keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. As a veteran sugar detox health coach, Julie Fischer, puts it: ‘I’m so pleased to have finally found a clean protein powder to recommend to my sugar detox clients. Further Food Collagen is all natural, grassfed, paleo, free of gluten, dairy, sugar and soy, and dissolves completely with no gritty taste. It’s a welcome addition to my morning routine!'”

5. Try Crave Crush! I got some samples of Crave Crush at Expo West. Crave Crush uses all natural supplements in a mint lozenge to suppress the taste receptors on the tongue. They say that “one bite of sugar can activate sweet taste receptors for up to 30 minutes, triggering cravings that last just as long. Blocking sweet taste receptors on the tongue can break this cycle.” The active ingredients are Gymnema Leaf Extract and Zinc. Crave Crush is patented and “unlike any product in the world.”

If you come around here much, you know I have a mean sweet tooth. I tried Crave Crush and it really worked! Not only did I not crave sugar, but I didn’t have a taste for anything. No mindless eating. Yay! I’ve already bought more. This may be a game changer for me!

You don’t have to take my word for it. The nice folks at Crave Crush offered a 15 pack bottle of Crave Crush + some swag for one lucky reader. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years of age or older and is void where prohibited. The giveaway will be open through 5/1. A winner will be selected and notified on 5/2.

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Don’t want to wait? You can find Crave Crush online or on Amazon (Prime eligible). You can also keep up with Crave Crush on Facebook and Instagram.

Please note: I was provided samples of Crave Crush at no cost in exchange for editorial consideration. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link. If you use this link, I will receive a small commission. Additionally, the claims for Crave Crush have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am not a medical professional – speak to yours before adding new supplements.



  1. I’m having sugar problems like whoa right now. I know it is stress and tiredness. I need more sleep and better food in the evenings!

  2. Renata says:

    I usually eat a piece of fruit, berries or sweet medjool dates to satisfy a sugar craving.

  3. Georgette Coan says:

    I usually am pretty good at repressing sugar cravings, but I am not immune! I have a good friend who eats so much sugar that if she does NOT eat sugar, she shakes. It is a scary and alarming thing…I would share this with her if I win. What a great product!

  4. Amy Scott says:

    I find that a LOT of sugar alcohols just make me crave the real thing, so I try to avoid them. I also try eating natural sugars instead, like fruit, if I am craving something sweet.

  5. jennifer says:

    I am so curious about this . . . . I have a major sweet tooth, mainly in the form of chocolate (which I know is allegedly “good” for you, but not the way I crave it).

  6. Sarah N says:

    I’m really curious about this. I have a serious sugar addiction.

  7. Kayley says:

    I have tried #2, but now I oversleep to avoid my cravings.

  8. Caroline says:

    drinking lots of tea and water helps for me

  9. suzie says:

    not starting in the morning with any sugar helps. Once I take that first bite, I am all done.

  10. gloria patterson says:

    Nothing ……………. When that must have sugar start it drives me nuts.

  11. Amber Ludwig says:

    I totally have!! It sucks so much that my most favorite flavor ever is chocolate lol! Gah!! I actually don’t crave sugar in any other form! Just chocolate…. but once I start eating it I cannot stop!

  12. Julie P. says:

    The artificial sugar advice is sound. I’m a Diet Coke addict, and instead of helping me consume fewer calories, it makes me crave sugar!

  13. steph says:

    I’ve always preferred savoury things, but when I get a sugar craving I try to eat sweet things early in the day instead of them sitting on my stomach in the evening. I also will eat something sweet like cereal as/with my meal rather than in addition to other heavy stuff.

  14. Gwendolyn J says:

    Never tried

  15. Becca Z says:

    I find that eating healthy fats and plenty of protein cuts my cravings signficantly.

  16. Mary W says:

    If I’m having raging sugar cravings, I will get up and brush my teeth. The mint flavor seems to help dull the taste cravings and doing an activity distracts my mind from wanting to eat sugar. Plus I end up with clean teeth which always feels good.

  17. Deb E says:

    If I don’t eat it, I don’t crave it, so I stay away. Fortunately I like savory foods over sweet, so anything with vinegar usually helps a snack attack/craving.

  18. barbg says:

    This sounds cool and I like the ideal of getting Swag stuff. I’m a diet pepsi drinker and when I have one it fulfills my sugar cravings just fine.

  19. Maryann D. says:

    I have not had any luck with trying to control or beat sugar cravings. I would like to try this though.

  20. Jenny Sanders says:

    I’ve tried water but never the collagen!!

  21. Kathy Davis says:

    I’ve never tried any of these products, but I would love to try it. I would like to share it with my sister too, if it works.

  22. Elizabeth W says:

    Sounds cool! I just try to load up on water and wait it out 15 minutes.

  23. Lesley F says:

    I don’t know why but if I drink water with lemon, that helps me

  24. ellen beck says:

    About the only way I can do it is try and stay away. I am a coffee fiend though and cant beat the sgar in my coffee. If there isnt sugar and cramer I cant drink it, I need to find some way to avoid that.

  25. Steph says:

    I never had a sweet tooth till recently it’s horrible I need help

  26. fran says:

    Sometimes just a small amount of a sugary food will quench my craving, so I’ll do that to prevent falling into a major sugar overload.

  27. liz l says:

    I try eating an apple when i have a craving

  28. Edye says:

    I’ve never tried anything like this before.

  29. Susan Christy says:

    I’ve been off sugar for a month, but the cravings are still there. I cried when someone brought donuts to work, but I didn’t eat one.

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  31. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    I haven’t tried any of these ways to fight sugar cravings but they do sound like good suggestions. I will try these.

  32. Lisa says:

    I try to drink water or seltzer or just take a walk but man, I do love sugar! I would love to try these!

  33. Michelle B. says:

    I’m a chocolate fiend… Right now we are moving so that is only adding to the cravings. So water is my best friend in combating the extra indulging.

  34. Melissa Storms says:

    The only thing that has worked for me is following diabetic dessert recipes. I’m not diabetic myself but there are a lot of tips and tricks to be found like using dates and cocoa together as a sweet treat.

  35. Kimmie B. says:

    i have tried the tip about eating a variety of “real” foods with healthy fats. which works fairly well. I found that if I don’t eat regular meals I will crave sugar a lot.

  36. Paol Trenny says:

    I have not tried any of these strategies but I only crave sugar when I am stress or tired. I eat six small meals a day so the sugar rush does not hit me that often. I definitely would need this for time when I am stressed out.

  37. latanya says:

    no, I have not tried any of these

  38. Amber Cheras says:

    I haven’t tried these ways but I’ll give them a try. I usually drink more water and eat healthier.

  39. Virginia Rowell says:

    I haven’t tried any of those but if I eat a piece of pineapple or some grapes, it will help to take the crave away.

  40. Michele Cupp says:

    I’ve tried staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet. That didn’t work

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